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University Of Birmingham Collections
c/o University Curator
The University

B15 2TT
Telephone: 0121 414 6750
Fax: 0121 471 4691
Email: j.h.hamilton@bham.ac.uk

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Overview of collections

The collections have been developed, since the establishment of the University in 1900, as teaching collections within relevant faculties. They are now managed in four distinct groups, two of which (the Barber Institute and the Lapworth Museum) are separately registered. The collections considered here are those of the Chamberlain Institute of Pathology, and the University Collections, which in turn consist of collections belonging to individual Schools or Faculties as well as collections held on behalf of the University as a whole. The material concerned includes ethnographical, archaeological, scientific, biological, fine art and decorative art objects.

Overview of how collections are displayed

The teaching collections are mostly accessible only by prior appointment to the general public, and are generally displayed in showcased form. The University collection of fine and decorative art is freely accessible to all in public spaces throughout the campus. Ceremonial silver and plate may only be seen by appointment.
Collection Descriptions
Ancient Egyptian Collection (University Of Birmingham Collections)
The museum holds approximately 50 ancient Egyptian objects which are part of the Archaeology collection. Classes of ...
Archaeology Collection (University Of Birmingham Collections)
This teaching collection includes examples of Greek, Mycenaean, Roman and Egyptian pottery, funerary, domestic and re...
Biology Collection (University Of Birmingham Collections)
The biological sciences collection comprises two main groups of material. The zoological items number about 2000, and...
Costume & Textile Collection (University Of Birmingham Collections)
Costume and Textile
Decorative & applied Art Collection (University Of Birmingham Collections)
This collection consists mainly of the University's ceremonial silver and plate. It is kept in store except when in u...
Ethnography Collection (University Of Birmingham Collections)
The Danford collection of West African Art and Artefacts was assembled in the 1960s by John Danford, a British Counci...
Fine Art Collection (University Of Birmingham Collections)
The Campus collection of fine art has been acquired since the foundation of the University in 1900, and now holds pai...
Medicine Collection (University Of Birmingham Collections)
The Chamberlain Museum of Pathology is housed on the first floor of the University Medical School. It holds some 2000...
Science & Industry Collection (University Of Birmingham Collections)
This collection, housed in the School of Physics and Space Science, contains mainly redundant teaching equipment and ...

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